Happy Monday! Kickstart your week ahead by checking out all of the new music that has just been released that you need to be listening to. From new albums by Niall Horan and Darius Rucker, to new songs from Liam Payne and Fifth Harmony, to new collaborations from Maroon 5 & A$AP Rocky and Naughty Boy & Joe Jonas, to our expert picks, take a look at this week's New Releases.
Niall Horan - Flicker
IT'S. FINALLY. HERE. Niall Horan's debut solo album has finally arrived! Fans have been waiting for this moment since he bestowed "This Town" upon us all just over a year ago. Since then, our dear, sweet Niall has released two more singles, the sexy "Slow Hands," and his latest "Too Much To Ask," but now the full ten-track album (plus three bonus tracks on the deluxe version) is officially here. On Flicker, Niall worked with producers like Julian Bunetta (who he knows from his One Direction Days), as well as Greg Kurstin. The album also includes a duet with country singer/songwriter Maren Morris called "Seeing Blind."
Taylor Swift - "Gorgeous"
As we Swifties get closer to the release of Taylor Swift's much anticipated new album Reputation, T-Swift has bestowed upon the fandom another track called "Gorgeous." On her previous two Reputation tracks, Taylor has been very experimental in terms of sound, but "Gorgeous" is the first song we've heard from the new album that is slightly reminiscent of her sound on 1989.
On her new single, Taylor sings about a guy so "Gorgeous," she's completely intoxicated by the infatuation. "You're so gorgeous/I can't say anything to your face/'Cause look at your face." The song is reportedly about Tay's current boyfriend Joe Alwyn, calling out his "ocean blue eyes" and accent ("You should take it as a compliment/That I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk"). And while some believe it could be about Tom Hiddleston, apparently during one of her listening sessions with fans, Taylor spilled the beans about the song's subject. One fan wrote on Tumblr, "basically Taylor made us all promise that if anyone made any accusations of who this song is about, we tell them it is 100% about her angel boyfriend of 1 year."
Liam Payne - "Bedroom Floor"
Liam Payne has returned with the followup to his solo debut single "Strip That Down," which featured Quavo. Payne released his brand new single "Bedroom Floor," a more dance-focused sound than the R&B style on "Strip That Down." "Bedroom Floor was co-written by Charlie Puth, along with Noel Zancanella, J Kash, Ammar Malik, Aaron Jennings, and Steve Mac, and shows off Liam's falsetto abilities. He sings in the chorus, 'You said it was over/But your clothes say different on my bedroom floor."
In a statement, Liam explains of his new single, "I’m so excited to finally release this song. I’ve been working on it for a while and am really happy with how it sounds. It’s a bit different from what you’ve heard from me before, but helps to show where I’m going with my album. It’s very important to me to keep challenging myself, to keep pushing into new areas."
Fifth Harmony - "Can You See"
We're a few months away from Christmas, but Fifth Harmony has already unwrapped a new inspirational mid-tempo track called "Can You See" from the upcoming animated biblical film, The Star, which hits theaters on November 17th. In case you’re wondering, it tells the story of a donkey and his friends on the first Christmas.
After teasing the four-minute cut on October 16th, 5H dropped the soaring track later in the afternoon and it hears the pop quartet urging listeners to look towards the guidance of the star. "Can you see?/ Tell me, can you see the star?/ Shine for you and me/ It lights the way from where we are/ Tell me can you see?" Ally Brooke and Normani Kordei sing during the first hook. "'Can You See' is a beautiful song that follows a story of the star. It's a very inspirational song," Brooke said in a statement. Meanwhile, Lauren Jauregui explained that she hopes people "feel the emotion behind it," adding, "We were all just very drawn to this song."
Nick Jonas - "Home"
After sharing his newest single "Find You," a new Nick Jonas song has arrived. "Home" is from the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand, a film about a Spanish fighting bull who prefers to practice non violence, and likes smelling flowers. In "Home," Jonas's lyrics reflect Ferdinand's story. "Always out of place, I knew I needed something new for me/I never knew just what that was, yeah/Finding something safe was just like trying to catch a bird in flight/I knew that I would never touch/But now I won't let go/'Cause I'm happy to call this/Home."
Maroon 5 featuring A$AP Rocky - "Whiskey"
Surprise, surprise: Maroon 5 dropped a new collaboration with A$AP Rocky called “Whiskey" and it's all about the group reflecting about their former loves that were lost. Yep, the sentiments are strong. You can hear this one and others included on the band's new album, Red Pill Blues, which is scheduled to drop November 3rd. “One more for good measure,” Maroon 5 tweeted. “Not going to stop a good thing. Listen to our new song #Whiskey, ft @asvpxrocky."
Mariah Carey - "The Star"
We already know that Mariah Carey does Christmas better than any other pop star around, and her contribution to the year 2017 comes in the form of a new song called “The Star,” which is appropriately off the upcoming animated biblical film, The Star. Similar to the Fifth Harmony cut, the song revolves around the almighty star and its direction. "Follow that star above you/ Should the world try to break you down/ There is one who waits for you/ Though you can't see him now/ Thunder and rain surrounds you/ But His love's just a breath away,” she sings on the track.
Kelly Clarkson - "Meaning of Life"
What's the meaning of life? Clearly, Kelly Clarkson knows. The powerhouse singer released the title track to her upcoming album (a week before the LP drops), and if you were previously unaware of what Kelly's voice can really do, just listen to this song. In the soulful new track Kelly points out just how special her significant other is. She belts out, "Cause when you kiss me, I know who I am/And when you let me feel it I understand/When I'm lost I just look in your eyes/You show me the meaning of life."
In a statement, Kelly explained of the song, "'Meaning of Life' is the song that started this entire project. The vibe, soul, and message of this song was very critical to show other writers and producers of the new direction we were taking."
Justin Bieber & Julia Michaels - "Friends (Remix)"
Julia Michaels holds writing credits for two of Justin Bieber's Purpose tracks ("Sorry" and "The Feeling"), as well as his collaboration with Bloodpop "Friends." Now, she's teaming up with Biebs on a remix of "Friends," and instead of only contributing lyrics, this time she's contributing her voice. This new version of the electro-pop track kicks off with a verse from Julia, as well as throughout the song in the chorus, turning the original into a duet. Offering the female perspective on the song, Julia sings in the first pre-chorus, "Know you're wonderin' why I been callin'/Like I got ulterior motives/Know we didn't end this so good/But you know we had something so good."
Fifth Harmony featuring French Montana - "He Like That (Remix)"
French Montana like that ... and by that, we mean Fifth Harmony, because the rapper has teamed up with the girl group on a remix of their single "He Like That" from their new self-titled album. The reggae-influenced track kicks off with the ladies singing through the song like on the original, and then later in the track French makes his appearance with his verse -- with a "bang, bang, bang, bang," literally. He raps, "Montana, you know what it is when you hear that haaa/Bang, bang, bang, bang/Hold up, rang rang, go watch chain gang/My story change lanes (skrrt skrrt)/Bring four girls, I'm up for a challenge (skrrt skrrt)/French vanilla, keep your balance."
Future & Young Thug – Super Slimey
Future and Young Thug dropped their surprise joint mixtape, Super Slimey, and Trap Twitter was rejoicing, as Thugga teased the project just a few hours before it was officially released. Super Slimey consists of 12 songs that every single Future and Thug fan will love, as the two music forces come together to bless us with their best joint effort possible. Migos' Offset is the only feature on Super Slimey on a track called "Patek Water."
As soon as the mixtape was dropped, fans of the two rappers have been bugging out on social media with their thoughts on it. Needless to say, everyone seems to be here for the project. But, we're not too shocked about this. When you combine two lit music heads like Future and Thug, nothing but greatness can come out of this.
Rita Ora - "Anywhere"
Rita Ora is coming for us all with these absolute BOPS she keeps releasing. Her latest infectious tune? A glorious, melodic, romantic dance/pop song by the name of "Anywhere," which follows her previous single "Your Song" and collab with Avicii "Lonely Together." Rita's latest single has an all-star group of producers behind it, including Alesso, Sir Nolan and Watt, and hears the London-born singer wanting to hit the road to anywhere with the special people (or that special person) in her life. "Just take me anywhere, take me anywhere/Anywhere away with you," she sings.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Rita explained of the new song, "I was in a routine, working every day, and found myself day dreaming about breaking out of the city and going on a road trip with my friends and never looking back. This is pop at its sweetest, most persuasive form of escapism."
Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas - "One Chance To Dance"
In 2013, UK producer Naughty Boy scored a multi-platinum hit with "La La La" featuring Sam Smith, and in 2015, teamed up with Beyoncé on "Runnin' (Lose It All)." Now, another two years later in 2017, Naughty Boy has teamed up with DNCE frontman Joe Jonas on his new single "One Chance To Dance." The infectious pop track hears Joe singing that he's not the greatest dancer, but he will dance with his special lady (cough cough fiancé Sophie Turner cough cough). He sings, "I'm no professional dancer/Baby, I ain't no Michael Jackson/But I would learn any move/Get with any groove/Just to dance with you."
Ty Dolla $ign featuring Future & Swae Lee - "Don’t Judge Me"
Ty Dolla $ign is prepping the release of Beach House 3 and his newest single, "Don't Judge Me," features famous friends like Future and Swae Lee. On the Mike WiLL Made It-produced track, the rapper gets candid about his issues with trust, admitting that he's been going through some difficult times. Future and Swae follow suit as they admit of their own insecurities, but make sure to throw in some boast-worthy bars. In a world of overly saturated ego, it’s refreshing to see these three open up and not give a care to the response. "Don't Judge Me" is the latest cut to surface from Dolla $ign's new set, which also features Lil Wayne, Jeremih, and YG.
Kygo - "Kids In Love"
When was the first time you fell in love as a kid? This is a question that Kygo asked many of his friends in anticipation of his brand new single "Kids In Love." If you've been paying attention to Kygo's Instagram lately, then you've seen the producer/DJ's buddies like The Chainsmokers, Vin Diesel, Ansel Elgort, Ryan Tedder, Adrian Grenier, Rob Gronkowski, and others all tell their stories of when they fell in love as kid for the first time.
In addition to releasing his new single "Kids In Love," which features pop group The Night Game, Kygo also revealed that on November 3rd he'll be releasing a new full-length album of the same name. Kids In Love will follow 2016's debut album Cloud Nine, as well as his recently released EP Stargazing. On Instagram, Kygo said of the "Kids In Love" concept and what he himself fell in love with as a kid, "To me, being a kid in love is that concept of being super passionate about someone or something. And I've been super passionate about playing the piano since I was six years old, and whenever I make a song or melody that I really like, I feel like a kid in love. So that's why I wanted to call my album Kids In Love."
Marshmello - "You & Me"
Two months after dropping his Khalid collab "Silence," and as fans await the release of his much talked about Selena Gomez collab "Wolves," Marshmello has shared his newest single "You & Me." And on this new single, Marshmello is anything but silent as the track features the producer/DJ's own vocals. Right away, you're hit with Marshmello's voice along with some electric guitar riffs, kind of reminiscent of a few alternative bands from the early 2000s -- he could probably front a punk band if he wanted to. That feeling of nostalgia totally hooked me. But then, Marshmello hits you with the drop, taking the song to a new place in the chorus. In "You & Me," Marshmello is begging this special person not to leave. "And, baby, just please don't go without me/I'm tired of doing it on my own/And now I'm stuck here thinking what it could be/You and me," he sings.
Darius Rucker - When Was the Last Time
Darius Rucker has officially released his fifth solo country music album, When Was the Last Time, which follows 2015's Southern Style. Fans were first introduced to When Was the Last Time back in July 2016 with its hit single "If I Told You," but now, the full 13-track album has arrived. Among the 13 songs on the record is a collaboration with country stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley on a song called "Straight To Hell." Darius recently told Rolling Stone Country of his new album:
"Country music really came together for me on that record. I thought that was the one where we got it. I know what I want to do in country music right now and this is another step there. It's a lively album, lots of upbeat stuff. My fans will be really happy and I hope to make some new fans too, because it's a country record."
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - "Break First"
In less than a month, the ultimate country couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will release their album of duets, The Rest of Our Life, and anticipation of the LP, Tim and Faith have shared another new song from the 11-track set called "Break First." The new song is about a couple who come face to face after a breakup or fight, and begs the question, who will break first to talk everything out. The couple sings in the song, "Who's gonna say what were we thinkin'?/Who's gonna cut right through the tension? Who's gonna admit that they miss who worse? Who's gonna tell who how bad it hurts?"
THE FEELS. 💔
Chris Young - Losing Sleep
If you're a country music fan Losing Sleep, perhaps it's because you can't stop listening to Chris Young's new album Losing Sleep. Young's new LP, led by its title track "Losing Sleep," follows 2015's I'm Comin' Over and his 2016 holiday album It Must Be Christmas. Losing Sleep contains ten new songs, all of which he co-wrote (this is the first time Chris has done this) and co-produced. And fans will get to hear all of this new music on Young's recently announced "Losing Sleep World Tour," during which Kane Brown and Lanco will be joining him.
Kelsea Ballerini - "Miss Me More"
The release of Kelsea Ballerini's second studio album Unapologetically is a mere two weeks away, and the country star is sharing another new song from the LP called "Miss Me More." Right before she released this song to fans, she explained on Twitter that it was "one of her favorite songs" on the album. On "Miss Me More," Kelsea sings about finding her independence again after coming out of a controlling relationship. She sings in the pre-chorus, "I thought I'd miss you (when it ended)/I thought it hurt me (but it didn't)/I thought I'd miss you/I thought I'd miss you/But I miss me more."
Jessie Ware - Glasshouse
Jessie Ware has returned with her third studio album Glasshouse, which follows her 2014 album Tough Love. Over the last few months, fans got a taste of the 12-song record with singles like "Midnight," "Selfish Love," and "Alone," in addition to a song called "Sam," which was co-written by Ed Sheeran -- and Ed isn't the only one Jessie teamed up with for Glasshouse. Jessie's new album includes writing and production credits from artists including Julia Michaels, Francis & the Lights, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco.
In an interview with The Fader about what fans can expect from the album's message, she said, "I've written with a lot of different people, but I think what's bringing it all together is my voice, and the storytelling. It's quite a personal record, which I didn't realize [when writing it]. I thought I was just writing songs, but it’s become this record that’s for my husband and my baby. It's been a wild couple of years, and I feel like this album represents those ups and downs, the fear, the beauty, and the celebrations."
Rachel Platten - "Collide"
Rachel Platten's new album Waves is almost here, but the singer/songwriter is sharing another new song from the full-length record called "Collide." In the song, Rachel sings that she's done trying to be perfect, and that being comfortable with herself in her own skin is more important. In fact, she told PEOPLE that the song was actually inspired by her husband Kevin Lazan. She explained, "'Collide' is about not wanting to hide yourself and being super comfortable with the person that you’re with — so comfortable that you want to leave the lights on. I wrote it on a day when I was feeling extra into my husband and how he makes me feel perfect in my skin."
Keyshia Cole - 11:11 Reset
Don’t call it a comeback! She’s been here for years. Keyshia Cole has released her seventh studio album and it’s entitled 11:11 Reset. Some fans who’ve seen her on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood may have already heard her teasing the project on the show, as she explained how it has to do with her divorce. Now, it’s finally here for us to listen to. 11:11 Reset is Cole’s first studio album on her new label, Epic Records, and the record features the likes of Too Short, Young Thug, French Montana, Remy Ma, DJ Khaled and more. Listen to it ASAP!
Lindsey Sterling - Warmer in the Winter
Things may be heating up for Lindsey Stirling on Dancing With The Stars this season, but it's about to get a lot warmer as we head into the holiday season, because the violinist's Christmas album, Warmer In The Winter, has arrived. Fans got their first dose of the record when Lindsey shared her original holiday track "Christmas C'mon" featuring Becky G, but now they can hear the full LP. Warmer In The Winter features 13 songs, which include covers of classics like "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell Rock," in addition to a few new original songs with guest appearances from artists like Sabrina Carpenter (on "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth ("Time To Fall In Love"), and Trombone Shorty ("Warmer In The Winter").
Martin Garrix & Matisse & Sadko - "Forever"
There are many sides to Martin Garrix's music. Over the last few years, the 21-year-old has produced some great dance/pop crossover songs, but he's also responsible for some of the biggest and baddest high-energy festival anthems, and that's where his latest collaboration with Matisse & Sadko falls under. "Forever" marks the fourth time that Garrix has teamed up with the Russian DJ and production duo, and the song has made its appearance in quite a few of Martin's sets over the summer this year. But, now the track is here ... well ... "Forever," because it's officially been released across all platforms.
MAGIC! - "Darts In The Dark"
Reggae fusion/pop band MAGIC! is back with a brand new single, "Darts In The Dark." The new song paints a picture of a couple not seeing a clear picture of where the relationship stands. MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh sings in the chorus, "So we just keep dancing around every day/And we just keep playing the same guessing games/And we both know we'll never go back to the start/If we just keep throwing darts in the dark."
Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas
So nice, they named it twice. Over the last 40+ years, Cheap Trick has been releasing rock albums, but the rock veterans have just released their very first Christmas album, titled Christmas Christmas. The new holiday record features 12 tracks, and was co-produced alongside the band's longtime collaborator, Grammy award winning songwriter/producer Julian Raymond. In a statement on their website Big Machine said of the record, "With CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS, Cheap Trick delivers a sleigh full of Rock & Roll Christmas classics and festive favorites by Wizzard, Slade, Chuck Berry, The Ramones and The Kinks as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track, 'Merry Christmas Darlings.'"
Boyz II Men - Under the Streetlight
Surprise! Did you know that one of the best – many will argue THE best – R&B groups just dropped an album? That’s right! Boyz II Men released its Under The Streetlight project and after one listen, your ears will be begging for more. "Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music definitely influenced Boyz II Men's sound," said Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men, via a press release. "Under the Streetlight has been a passion project that we've wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group."
98 Degrees - Let It Snow
The last time 98 Degrees released a holiday album, it was 1999. Fast-forward 18 years later, and the guys have released their second holiday album Let It Snow, and it will make you wish it was winter all year round. Let It Snow features 14 tracks including covers of holiday classics like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In The Manger," in addition to one original song. Nick explained to ET Online about the songs included on Let It Snow, "There are so many great Christmas songs out there and holiday songs that, thankfully, there were a lot to choose from. We kind of went through the list and picked our favorites."
Kid Ink - "His & Hers" & "On Demand"
Kid Ink just hit us with a two-piece. The recording artist dropped two singles last week and they are both worth a listen. The first track is entitled “His & Hers" and was produced by M-Millz. The second song is called “On Demand,” produced by Maaly Raw. What’s interesting about these two songs is that Ink isn’t rapping on either one of them – even though he’s known to be a rapper. Instead, he’s singing. Looks like that’s the new vibe of his upcoming project. We can’t wait to hear it, as a whole.
Ty Dolla $ign ft. A$AP Rocky – "Dawson’s Breek (Remix)"
Just a few days before the release of his upcoming Beach House 3 album, Ty Dolla $ign has blessed us with the remix to “Dawson’s Breek.” The original came out just a couple of weeks ago. This new spin on the song features some assistance from the one and only A$AP Rocky. “New belt that’s French canvas/Goyard that’s rich canvas/Showing out for the big cameras/Sonning n**gas like the kids parents/Old money like the grandparents/Show respect or get b**ch handled/Took her wigs like your grand mama/Smack a n**ga like I’m big handed,” Rocky spits.
Maino – Party & Pain
Maino gifted us with a new project before 2017 came to an end. The Brooklyn MC has given us a new album. Entitled Party & Pain, Maino’s LP consists of 16 songs, and as usual, Maino’s bars are still hard. The tracks on the album feature other stars such as Dave East, Uncle Murda, Fat Joe, Young Greatness, That Girl Georgie, Dios, and more. It’s definitely one of the most honest projects we’ve heard from Maino, thus far. He definitely had a JAY-Z 4:44 thing going on. Respect.
Trap Beckham – Life Is Lit
Def Jam recording artist Trap Beckham released his Life Is Lit EP. The project only has eight songs, but each one goes hard in its own right. On the same day that Life Is Lit was dropped, Beckham also debuted his “Lil Booties Matter” music video. It stars Cardi B’s little sister Hennessy Carolina. She plays someone who's on her way to follow the wave of women who are getting butt enhancement surgery. But, Beckham saves her ass -- literally -- by stopping the surgery before it even starts. He's all about little booties because they matter, too!
DVBBS - Blood of My Blood EP
Canadian DJ/production duo DVBBS released their new EP Blood of My Blood, consisting of TEN tracks! Which is interesting because most full-length LPs include ten tracks. But the more DVBBS music, the better. Blood of My Blood includes features and collaborations with artists like Belly, 24hrs, NERVO, GTA, Jasmine Thompson, and more, in addition to their previously shared track "Good Time."
Danielle Bradbery - "Potential"
Danielle Bradbery is gearing up to release her second studio album, I Don't Believe We've Met, in December, and has already shared a few tracks from the full-length sophomore effort, the latest being a song called "Potential." Danielle may have got her start on The Voice, winning season four of the show as a teenager on Team Blake (Shelton) in 2013, but over the last four years, the now 21-year-old is all grown up and has the music to prove it. In fact, she told PEOPLE recently, "These past couple of years, I’ve gone into songwriting for the first time. It opened up so many doors for me as I was trying to shape my artistry and who I am as an artist." Hence the album's title I Don't Believe We've Met.
"Potential" talks about a guy who has the potential to be a great partner in life, but still has a lot of growing up to do. Danielle sings, "If you just grew up a little more/Than you know that you'd be perfect," then later in the chorus, "I'm not in love with you/I'm in love with your potential."
Danielle told PEOPLE of the song, "When I wrote it, the other girl in the writing room threw out the idea that 'I'm not in love with you, but with your potential.' Our jaws dropped to the floor. It’s a beautiful but sad meaning people can relate to immediately… So we kept it as simple as possible and reflective."
Noise Cans - Masquerave
Noise Cans made the big leap and dropped his debut EP, Masquerave, which sees the mysterious DJ unleash a six song set, including collaborations with Louise Chantál, ASTR, I-Octane, Jesse Royal, Mr. Lexx, and Yellow Claw. It's a fitting collection that hears the masked Bermudian draw inspiration from his Caribbean roots but also sound off on the political climate. "When creating this EP, I wanted to put together a body of work that included the core (my Caribbean culture) and touches of electronic and modern sounds that I’ve grown to love today, creating, to me, the perfect marriage,” he said in a statement. Click here to download Masquerave on iTunes!